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A ban on killer robots is useless if your enemy doesn’t play by the rules. Flickr/Bob Snyder

Why we should welcome ‘killer robots’, not ban them

The thousands of people who signed an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous killer weapons and robots are misguided. We already have such killing machines and we should embrace them.
Your smartphone is learning to better understand your voice commands. Flickr/Kārlis Dambrāns

Listen to me: machines learn to understand how we speak

Voice recognition technology is getting better at understanding what we are saying, even if we only say part of what we mean. So how does it work?
New thinking the way to job creation for people in the 21st century. Flickr/Tim Robinson

We need new jobs as the machines do more of our work

The more we automate jobs, the more we need to find new jobs for people, especially if the government wants us to stay in the workforce longer. That's going to take some clever thinking.
It’s only a small step forward before drones like this one could operate entirely autonomously. KAZ Vorpal/Flickr

Battle lines drawn around the legality of ‘killer robots’

The debate over whether lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) -- often called 'killer robots' -- should be banned continues, although it's far from settled.
Until machines become truly intelligent, they’re going to make a lot of mistakes when they try to help us. Steve Rainwater/Flickr

The hazards of presumptive computing

Computers try to predict our behaviour and anticipate our needs, but sadly they often get things dreadfully wrong.

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